Washington, D.C.

GW U revokes Cosby's honorary degree

George Washington University's president announced Monday that the honorary degree presented to Bill Cosby in the 1990s would be revoked, the latest college to back away from the comedian who has been accused of sexual assault by dozens of women and was charged last month in a decades-old case. The decision was an about-face from the position the university took in the fall.

Michigan

Detroit teachers call in 'sick,' close schools

Most of Detroit's public schools closed Monday in the face of a "sickout" by teachers, who protested what they called unsafe, crumbling, vermin-infested and inadequately staffed buildings, and the failure of state lawmakers to agree on a plan to rescue a system teetering on the edge of insolvency. Teachers said the action, which was not organized or authorized by their union, was intended to pressure state officials to help the failing schools.

California

Last survivor of San Francisco quake dies

Bill Del Monte, the last known survivor of the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, died Monday. He was 109. Del Monte, 11 days shy of his 110th birthday, was all of 3 months old when the earthquake rocked his home. Del Monte, who has lived in Marin for more than four decades, was told that when the earthquake struck, his mother grabbed a tablecloth and wrapped him up inside.

North Korea

Pyongyang detains U.S. citizen

North Korea claims it is holding a naturalized U.S. citizen on suspicion of spying for South Korea, CNN reported. If confirmed, the man would be one of several Americans detained in recent years by the reclusive Communist state. The U.S. State Department declined to comment

Spain

Princess and husband go on trial

Spain's Princess Cristina went on trial in a landmark criminal case, accused of helping bankroll a lavish lifestyle with funds her husband received from an alleged scheme to embezzle millions from public contracts for conferences and sporting events. Cristina and her husband, Inaki Urdangarin, said nothing during the proceedings as their lawyers argued why the charges should be dropped.

Russia

No-pants subway riders could be charged

Moscow police are looking into charging the weekend's no-pants subway riders. Despite freezing temperatures, several dozen people joined the global annual event on Sunday by riding Moscow's ornate subway with no trousers or skirts on. It was not immediately clear what the pantless subway riders could be charged with but the stunt could technically fall under the law against disturbing public order.

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